by Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert
Streaming services are starting to win the battle for your viewing and listening time. Many of you have cut the cord by canceling your cable TV services and now are watching content on Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and others. Even enjoying your favorite movies, shows, and music on DVDs, VHS, and CDs is a thing of the past.
Most of you know how to connect your devices to your favorite streaming service...but there's some of you that struggle with this just like you struggled to connect your VHS, DVD, or Blue Ray player to your TV. Fear not, I'm here to help you end the struggle of getting connected to and managing your favorite streaming services.
Before you cancel cable and set up a streaming service, do some investigating to find out if streaming is for you and which service will work for you. If you are a casual TV viewer, cutting the cord and moving to a streaming service will be an easy task. If you want to stay up to date with your favorite shows and love watching a variety of sporting events, you will have to cover all of your bases (no pun intended) before you take the plunge (pun intended). Same thing with music. If you're a casual listening, it's pretty easy ... but if you love your CDs and vinyl records and need to keep up with specific artists, take your time.
Setting up a streaming service is pretty simple. You just need to visit the website or download the app of your desired streaming services. Most streaming services have different levels of services, but not every service will have the same movies or music, unlike your cable packages.
If you're looking for popular services to watch your favorite television shows and movies, Netflix, Disney Plus, Netflix and Hulu are the most common services. If it's music you're after, check out Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music and Pandora are the most common options.
Setting up Streaming Services
The best and easiest way to set up a streaming service is to go to the website of your desired streaming service on any computer, smartphone or tablet. Why? Entering your credentials and payment information is much easier on the streaming services website.
Once you get your account setup, then download the from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store type in your user name and password and you're set. When setting up your streaming service, take care not to use the user name and password information that you've used for another online account.
Streaming services are items that cybercriminals target. If you use information that was leaked in a data breach, hackers can use methods like 'credential stuffing' to get access to your accounts, steal them, and then sell them online. Most streaming services give you a 30 day trial period, but look to many of these services to follow Disney's suit and only give a 7 day trial period.
Setup on a TV
If you own a smartTV, the most popular streaming apps are probably already installed on your TV. Just choose it from your TV’s menu and enter your login information that you created when you set up the account. If you don't have a smart TV, you can use a streaming box like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV that will turn your dumb TV into a smart TV. Keep in mind Disney Plus is so new it may not be available on older Smart TV...but you can use a streaming box to access that service.
Downloading Videos for Later
Most streaming services allow you to download videos to watch within the app (for copyright protection) when you have poor Internet service. If you have a limited cellular data plan, you will want to connect to a Wi-Fi or wired network. Downloaded content will only stay within the app for a limited period of time to prevent people from downloading a ton of content and canceling their subscription.
Canceling a Streaming Service
If you want to cancel a streaming service, the easiest way to do it will be through a web browser on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Navigate to the home page for your streaming service first and make sure you’re logged in. From there it will differ depending on which service it is.
I couldn't imagine a world without streaming services, and I'm sure many of you who enjoy them think the same way. If you're new to the game, do a little research and find out if you can save money on your cable bill and change the way you enjoy music and movies this year.
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by Wayne Geiger
The DMV. You hate it. But, like most of the population, you make an appearance when summoned in order to renew your driver’s license. You sign in, sigh deeply, and look for a spot to wait. You peruse the room, settle into your chosen spot, and grab your mobile device to kill time.
Out of nowhere, someone’s phone goes off. You smile to yourself, thankful that you weren’t the one to forget to turn it to vibrate—this time. To your surprise, the person right across from you answers the phone and then loudly carries on a conversation as if she was the only one in the room. You’re a little caught off guard.
You look around at others and they are just as shocked as you are. For the next ten minutes, you and everyone else within earshot, learn more about this person, and their mystery friend, than you ever wanted to know. This person has violated a rule.
In the communication arena, experts like to talk about explicit and implicit rules. An explicit rule is a rule that is clearly stated. For example, “Stand behind this line” or “No talking in this room” are both examples of explicit rules.
Explicit rules are always formulated by someone in authority. They are clearly stated and may carry a penalty for disobedience. Not everyone agrees with them.
When my grandson started kindergarten, he informed me that he and his classmates were not permitted, under any circumstances, to talk in the hallway. When I questioned him on this, he looked at me in shock and said, “Because it’s a rule.” I immediately understood. Rules have great power to direct human action.
Implicit rules are a little different. Implicit rules are not openly stated. In fact, they are not really “rules” at all. Instead, they are generally accepted norms of behavior that most of the society accepts. In other words, most people agree with them.
I like to illustrate implicit rules by talking about “elevator rules.” Elevator rules are implicit. There are generally no printed rules to direct us on where in the elevator we should stand, but we do have some mutual understanding.
The first person who gets on the elevator is the operator. It is generally accepted that it is their elevator. They will stand in front of the control panel and, during their stay, they will pray that no one else gets on. They may even hold the “close door” button as a precaution.
But, as fate would have it, the door opens on the next floor to invite another person to board. The second person will stand on the exact opposite side. The elevator operator will ask, “Floor?” The answer should be brief like, “4 please.” Eye contact should be kept at a minimum and any additional conversation should be limited to the weather.
The third person to enter will stand in the center—all the way in the back. The first and second person will now move into the two front corners to allow for maximum space. Conversation, at this point is unwelcome. The fourth person to enter will stand in front of the door. This will make them feel awkward because they will have to adjust to allow the others off, but it’s their own fault.
The fifth person on will cause the first four riders to go to a corner while they themselves are forced to occupy the exact middle. When the door opens for the sixth person, the five strangers will now become friends. Together, they will take a deep breath, cross their arms, and spread themselves out. They then generally give this trespasser “the look” that tells them “we’re full.”
After the sixth person is rejected and the doors close, it is not appropriate for riders to high five one another.
You can see why these implicit elevator rules are not stated. It would take too long to read them, and they can be unfriendly.
Anyway, most implicit rules are pretty clear and generally accepted by everyone. For example, as an organized society, we generally wait in line for our turn. This is often taught as a part of our “manners”. There are many “such” rules that we follow.
A problem arises when some people break the rules. Some are just openly defiant about the rules because they feel the rules don’t apply to them. These are rule breakers. Some of these, perhaps, visit the DMV on a regular basis.
Other people fall into a different category. They are not defiant. They are just not informed. Because implicit rules are implicit, not everyone knows about them. Somehow, when the implicit rules were being drawn up they were out to lunch.
These people just have never been taught. And to be sure, there is no academic environment that teaches the implicit rules. In addition, these rules are not written down in a handy-dandy book somewhere for general consumption.
Since implicit rules are not written down, some of us have our own ideas about these rules. For some of us, they are connected to our sense of morals and ethics and consider others barbaric who do not follow the rules.
For example, you stand patiently in line at the grocery store. You are the fourth person back. If another line opens up to receive customers, there are some people who believe that people who have already been waiting in line should be given the first option to go in that line rather than someone who just walked up. To some, this is a basic, implicit rule. These people often wonder why the grocery store management doesn’t write these down as explicit rules and thus help build the fabric of an organized society.
But they don’t. We’re forced to figure them out by ourselves and play nicely in the sandbox. Perhaps, they just don’t understand. Or, perhaps, we have misunderstood. Either way, there is miscommunication and misunderstanding.
As much as we don’t like it, we need rules. We need both explicit and implicit rules. Not too many, but just enough. The underlying fabric of most implicit rules is simple. It’s just simple kindness, thoughtfulness, and respect.
You may argue, “But people aren’t like they used to be and most people don’t have manners.” Perhaps. But, the best way to live by these rules is to model them and then explain the “why” to the generation behind us.
We spend a great deal of time teaching our grandson some of these implicit rules and why we should follow them. Sometimes, our answers to his “why” are simply because, “It’s what the Bible says” or “It’s important to be nice.” If he asks why, we say, “Because it’s a rule.” As the old proverb says, “One generation plants the tree and the next enjoys the shade.”
Wayne Geiger is the Pastor of First Baptist Grain Valley, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Speech, and freelance writer.
Editors Note: There are few things as intimidating as photographing a pro photographer. David Smith, freelance photographer from Grain Valley, is captured at left by our amateur lens. To view the professional quality photos Smith captures around town, check out his work at MaxPreps.com, follow him on Twitter (@DSmithPhotog), or check out his website at davidsmithphotography.zenfolio.com.
Photo credit: Valley News staff
Valley News recently caught up with Grain Valley resident David Smith before a girls basketball game at Blue Springs High School. Smith can be found around town capturing many exhilarating moments in prep and college sports.
Smith moved to Grain Valley with his wife in 2003. He began with the Missouri Highway Patrol in 1983, and moved all over the state with the job, including stops in Rockport, Mound City, Tarkio, St. Joseph, Jefferson City, and Lee’s Summit.
Smith credits his wife with getting him into his current profession.
“When I married my wife, she was kind of a photo bug, and she got me interested. She had some nephews who were younger than my two boys, and they were into a lot of sports.
She wanted help in taking sports pictures. Helping her got me interested, and I slowly started accumulating photography equipment,” Smith said.
“My oldest son ran track, and my youngest son played football at St. Joseph Central. I was able to take photos of them, and hang out on the sidelines. That was special, and it really got me hooked.”
The self-taught shutterbug honed his skills and landed a job as a freelance photographer for CBS Sports Max Preps in 2015. Smith also does freelance work with other media outlets, including 810 Varsity.
“I love being at the sporting events. The emotion, the intensity of the athletes. The challenge of trying to capture the perfect photo of that peak moment. When you get that perfect image, it’s just very satisfying. Sometimes when I see the parents of the athletes who may have purchased one of the images I’ve captured, and they comment about how much they enjoy it, it’s just gratifying.”
Sports photography pales in comparison to the dangers faced as a Highway Patrolman, but it is not without its hazards.
“You have to have your head on a swivel, and pay attention to what’s going on around you. You don’t ever want to be part of the contest,” Smith said.
“I’ve had a lot of close calls, but I’ve avoided anything serious.”
Smith values the relationships he has been able to make with players, coaches, and athletic directors in the area.
“I’ve met a lot of great people. It’s just amazing to me the level of talent we have in this area, and it’s fun to watch these athletes knowing that we’ll see some of them play at the college level and at the professional level.”
When he’s not on the sidelines, Smith enjoys reading and spending time with his two granddaughters.
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Valley News will feature a candidate for City or Grain Valley School board in the weeks leading up to the April election. Information is provided by the candidates and edited for space and clarity. This week, we profile Jan Reding, a candidate for Grain Valley School Board.
Jan Reding is serving her twentieth year on the board. Reding has one son who is a 1990 graduate of Grain Valley High School and has three granddaughters. Reding received a BS in Business Administration from Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) and served as building manager of the Power & Light Building in Kansas City from 1961 until her retirement in 1998. Reding holds a master’s certification from the Missouri School Boards Association.
Reding serves on the Grain Valley Education Foundation Board, the University of Central Missouri Foundation Board, the Grain Valley Assistance Council, FOCUS for Grain Valley, United Methodist Women of Faith UMC, and the Grain Valley Historical Society.
What qualities should a board member possess?
Board members should never bring an agenda to the board table. They must be ready to represent every student, not just a selected few. They must be open minded, respectful, and willing to participate in active and aggressive discussions on all subjects. They must always be mindful that their actions and decisions should be based on “what’s good for all kids.” They must be responsible and trustworthy citizens willing to give whatever time is necessary to perform their duties as board members.
Why are you running for reelection?
Education has always been a major part of my life. While my son was in school, I was active in the school district, being part of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and the Counselor’s Advisory Committee as well as the Scholarship Committee. I initiated the volunteer program in the school district as the district’s first volunteer coordinator. I continued my contact with Central Missouri State by being a director of the University Foundation serving as Vice President and am now a director emeritus of that foundation. I also am a director on the Grain Valley Education Foundation Board.
What do you feel is the most important responsibility of the school board?
To effectively educate every student every day. To provide the resources and facilities to attain and maintain the highest level of student achievement for every student is our most important responsibility. To achieve this goal, we believe we have the finest administrative staff as well as our certified and non-certified professional staff in the state of Missouri.
What do you feel are the leadership responsibilities of school board members?
School board members must exhibit respect, integrity, loyalty and accountability at all times. School boards that are composed of individuals who communicate well, who bring expertise from their respective fields of endeavor to the Board, and who show leadership in community involvement and activities add a great strength to the district as a whole.
by Joe Jerek of Missouri Department of Conservation
March 1st marks the annual opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) operates trout hatcheries at all four parks and stocks rainbow trout daily throughout the season.
Trout anglers need a daily trout tag to fish in Missouri's trout parks. Daily trout tags can only be purchased at each of the four trout parks. Missouri residents 16 through 64 and nonresidents 16 and older also need a fishing permit in addition to the daily tag.
The cost of a daily trout tag to fish at three of Missouri’s four trout parks -- Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park, and Roaring River State Park – is now $4 for adults and $3 for those 15 years of age and younger. A daily fishing permit for Missouri residents is $7 and now $8 for nonresidents. The daily limit is four trout.
New this year, MDC is conducting a pilot program at Maramec Spring Park where the daily limit has been raised from four to five trout and the cost of a daily trout tag for adults has gone from $3 to $5 and from $2 to $3 for anglers 15 years of age and younger.
Trout hatcheries are just one way that conservation pays in Missouri. MDC staff stock more than 800,000 trout annually at the state's four trout parks and approximately 1.5 million trout annually statewide. Trout anglers spend more than $100 million each year in the Show-Me-State, which generates more than $180 million in business activity, supports more than 2,300 jobs, and creates more than $70 million dollars in wages. About 30 percent of Missouri trout anglers come from other states, so a substantial portion of trout fishing expenditures is "new money" for the state's economy.
Missouri also offers excellent trout fishing throughout the state on rivers and streams that support naturally reproducing trout. For more information on trout fishing in Missouri, visit MDC online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/where-fish/trout-areas.
Buy Missouri fishing permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through MDC’s free mobile apps, MO Hunting and MO Fishing, available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.
March 1st marks the annual opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James.
Photo credit: MDC
by Tracey Shaffer, RDN, LD
Eating smaller portions can be one of the easiest ways to decrease the amount of calories in your diet. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy when we live in a nation of super-sized meals. Our idea of an appropriate serving can get distorted.
So, how do you know what a reasonable portion size is when you see it? I’ve come up with some tips to help you re-train your eyes.
One way to get your portions right is the plate method. It’s simple and effective. Fill one-half of your dinner plate with vegetables, one-fourth with whole grains/breads and one-fourth with lean meat or protein (beans, eggs, tofu). This method is an easy way to approximate serving sizes without having to measure and gives your meal balance.
Another way to estimate portion sizes by using comparisons to other household items.
1 oz. meat: size of a small matchbox
3-4oz. meat: size of a deck of cards or bar of soap –recommended dinner portion
3-4 oz. fish: size of a checkbook
1 oz. cheese: size of 4 dice
Medium potato: size of a computer mouse
2 tablespoons peanut butter: size of a ping pong ball
1/2 cup pasta: size of a tennis ball
Average bagel: size of a hockey puck
Medium apple or orange: the size of a tennis ball
1/4 cup dried fruit: a small handful
To eat smaller portions:
Make your own individual servings by counting out chips, crackers, dried fruit, nuts, etc. and putting them in re-sealable bags. You won’t be eating mindlessly from a large bag that way.
Buy single portions of snack foods especially sweets. Usually the urge to eat sweets is a craving, not true hunger, so a small bit will do the trick.
When eating out, ask for half of your meal to be packed up at the time of ordering. That way you are not tempted to keep eating and you can eat the rest for tomorrow’s meal. Two meals for the price of one!
Tracey Shaffer, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian at the Blue Springs Hy-Vee. She can be reached at email@example.com. The information is not intended as medical advice.
Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
by Michele Warmund, University of Missouri, Division of Plant Sciences, modified and submitted by Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Instructor, MU Extension- Jackson County, MO
Although industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is considered a new crop in Missouri, it is actually an ancient crop, which was harvested in China 8500 years ago.
Fiber hemp was introduced to western Asia and Egypt, and then into Europe between 1000 and 2000 BCE. Hemp was imported into North America in 1606. Missouri was a major producer of fiber hemp from 1840 to 1860 due to the demand for sailcloth and rope.
Hemp was primarily grown in Kentucky until World War I. However, the Marijuana Tax Act ended fiber hemp production in 1938, except for a brief production period from 1942 to 1945 when 400,000 acres produced fiber for cloth and cordage.
Industrial hemp could again be an important alternative crop for Missouri farmers. It is the job of University of Missouri as a state research university to determine the best way to do that. Research will focus on both ideal growing conditions and potential economic impact.
Industrial Hemp is not Marijuana.
Although the plant used to grow industrial hemp is the same plant as used to grow marijuana, they are different varieties, which means they have extensive botanical differences – the main difference being that industrial hemp has less than 0.3 percent THC. It cannot be used as a recreational drug.
Hemp is one of the oldest sources of textile fiber. The bast fibers in the phloem of the stem tissue ("bark") range from 0.2 to 1.6 inches long, while the stem core fibers, known as hurds, are shorter.
Textiles made with bast fiber are strong and durable, with high tensile and wet strength. Thus, bast fibers were used extensively for rope, nets, canvas, sailcloth, and oakum for caulking on ships. Fiber hemp was also valued for upholstery, bags, sacks, and tarpaulins during this time. Today, hemp is used in materials for clothing and footwear.
During the 1800's, paper was made primarily from hemp and flax. Later, the development of cheap wood pulping methods for paper production was more economical than processing hemp and flax fibers. Today, specialty hemp paper products made from bast fibers include art papers, tea bags, bank notes, and technical filters.
Presently, hemp fiber is incorporated into plastic composites for molded car parts in Europe. Henry Ford used hemp and soybean to make durable car parts, such as trunk doors, in the 1940's. In car parts with fiber hemp, there is no splintering in accidents.
It provides favorable mechanical and acoustical properties. Hemp composites may have other uses in the manufacturing of bicycles, airplanes, and other vehicles for lightweight parts, padding, or sound insulation.
Fiber hemp is used in building construction products for thermal insulation, fiberboard, and in cement and plaster to enhance the strength of building materials.
For fiberboard, the short hurd fibers are used in composite wood products. The addition of hemp fibers into concrete also reduces shrinkage and cracking.
Hemp hurds can also be chemically combined with other products to strengthen foundations, walls, floors and ceilings of structures, or to make tile-like products.
Outdoor products made from hemp fibers, such as hemp fiber netting or blankets, can prevent soil erosion and stabilize new plantings. Horticultural uses for hemp fiber include biodegradable pots and biodegradable twine or supports for plants and trees in landscapes, orchards, and vineyards, replacing plastic ties.
Hemp hurds are also useful for animal bedding and pet litter.
Hulled hemp seed and cold-pressed hempseed oil can be used for specialty food products, beverages, nutraceuticals, and cosmetics in North America. Due to the nutty flavor of hemp seeds, they are included in some food products.
As with any "new" crop, there are pitfalls for producers, including growing challenges, potential for overproduction, new laws, and a lack of secure markets.
For consumers, fiber hemp offers alternative products. Currently, market expansion of non-food hemp products is limited by crop availability and high costs associated with fiber extraction and manufacturing processes. However, with innovative solutions, technical challenges can be overcome.
by John Unrein
The Grain Valley Eagles Boys Basketball team used timely shooting and tight second half defense to pull away from the visiting Winnetonka Griffins for a 61-43 win on Tuesday, February 11th.
The first quarter witnessed the Eagles jump out to an early 5-0 lead prior to the Griffins clawing their way back into the game. Guards Jason Essex and Julian Rodgers provided the offensive spark for Winnetonka during much of the game. Grain Valley alternated between full court press and man defenses to contain the duo.
Grain Valley’s offense was fueled by Seniors Caden Matlon and Josh Kilpatrick, who scored 22 and 19 points respectively. Matlon was disciplined in his shot selection as his shooting touch continues to return. Kilpatrick did the bulk of his damage scoring under the basket with contested shots.
Matlon was happy with the outcome of the game and his efforts.
“We’ve been working a lot in practice and Coach Herbert has been helping us with what type of three point shot selection works best for us. Working on getting better three point looks by moving the ball inside out has been key. That started recently against Smithville and has continued for us. We are finally starting to play well together again as a team after going through a rough patch,” Matlon said.
Earning more playing time recently for the Eagles has been Junior Jaden Yung. He has survived his early initiation into varsity basketball. Yung was a solid supporting cast member in the Eagle’s win with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block.
The points scored by Yung proved timely in Grain Valley’s win. A three pointer by Yung from the wing near the baseline with :36 left in the first half pushed his team’s lead to four points. The Eagles went into halftime ahead 27-23.
Yung also stretched the Eagles lead to ten points in the third quarter after two made free throws from the charity stripe with 3:16 left. Both scoring instances by Yung demonstrated poise in pressure situations.
Yung shared his thoughts on his team’s victory.
“I’ve earned a chance to show what I can to do to help this team. Coach (Herbert) always talks about the value of drawing the defense inside before kicking the ball outside for open looks. Having no one in your face when you shoot is the best. I am happy for our team with this win,” Yung said.
Grain Valley and Winnetonka both found themselves in foul trouble as the fourth quarter progressed. The Eagles were able to manage the accumulation of fouls with timely substitutions, while continuing to apply tight pressure on the defensive end of the floor.
Eagles Head Basketball Coach Andy Herbert described the play of his team as the recipe for the victory.
“Caden (Matlon) is a very good player. He’s a competitive guy who wants to do well for his team. Sometimes when you struggle, you press, and it can snowball. We talked the other day and I encouraged him to relax. He’s listened and open shots are starting to fall for him,” Herbert said.
“It’s a fine line for him because he has the ability to make tough shots. When those are the only looks you get and the first couple of tries don’t go in, it’s harder to get into rhythm offensively. He got his mojo back against Smithville last Friday and that carried into tonight.”
Herbert continued, “Jaden (Yung) has done a tremendous job. He played quite a bit last Friday in Smithville and had eight points in the first half. Jaden has been aggressive and confident with the minutes he’s earned. Defensively, his game has grown as well. He’s finding his way through what I like to call the mud. The little things it takes to be successful that not everyone sees; boxing out, rotating to help on defense, and understanding where to be offensively are the things he’s improved on the most.”
Herbert’s defensive strategy with being selective in when to apply full court pressure yielded positive results for the Eagles. The Griffins prefer to play a half court style of offense. Differing between press and man defenses by the Eagles provided empty scoring possessions for Winnetonka at times in the second half.
Altering between the two defensive alignments helped the Eagles manage the depth of their bench. Pressing for 32 minutes straight is a tall order for any team. The result was Grain Valley scoring 34 second half points, while limiting their opponent to just 20.
Grain Valley will be in action again on Friday, February 14th when they host the Grandview Bulldogs in a Suburban Conference Valentine’s Day matchup.
Herbert shared his thoughts on the needed elements for success moving forward.
“It’s imperative that we rebound. We are small with height. That means we must keep people in front of us. Every time you have to help a teammate defensively, you leave someone and must get all the way back to them to box out. Offensively, ball movement is key for us. When the ball moves, we are successful,” Herbert said.
The Girls Swim and Dive team closed their season last weekend at Conference with a series of best times for individual and relay teams, finishing third place in the Blue Division.
“We had a great weekend at Conference. Our divers swept 1st-4th and almost every swimmer had a best time in at least one if not both of their events. I am so proud of this team for all that they have accomplished in their second year and I can't wait to see what next year brings,” Head Coach Kara Liddle said.
Senior Rachel Turpin and juniors Bailey Reich, Riley Downey, and Olivia White placed third in the 200 Medley Relay with a best time of 2:08.17.
Turpin also finished 2nd in the 100 backstroke and 4th in the 100 fly.
Junior Riley Downey finished 6th in the 100 breaststroke and 6th in the 200 IM with a best time of 2:46.15.
Junior Maddie Epple finished 2nd with a time of 6:16.84 in the 500 freestyle event and teammate Junior Bailey Reich finished in 6th place with a time of 6:21.32.
Sophomore Alyssa Hanenkratt finished 6th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:23.64.
Fifteen Grain Valley Eagles participated in Grain Valley High School’s signing day on February 12th, continuing their education as college athletes:
Caden Matlon - Baseball, Johnson County Community College;
Seth Dankenbring - Baseball, North Central MO;
Deryk Carey - Baseball, Hannibal Lagrange;
Max Chapman - Baseball, Wichita State;
Jacob Misiorowski - Baseball, Oklahoma State;
Mason Rogers - Baseball, Maple Woods;
Taylor Hileman - Golf, North Central MO;
Keely Hill - Softball, Maple Woods;
Gavin Oyler - Football, University of Central Missouri;
Royce Fisher - Cross Country/Track, Arkansas State;
Avery Brady - Soccer, University of Utah;
Kameryn Drollinger - Soccer, Hannibal Lagrange;
Kiera Arndorfer - Soccer, Truman State;
Madison Shields - Soccer, Central Methodist;
Jack Knust - Soccer, Truman State
Fifteen student athletes participated in Grain Valley High School’s signing day on February 12th.
Photo credit: Grain Valley Schools